Six people were sentenced in federal court for their roles in an auto loan scheme involving more than $800,000.
Prosecutors said the group provided false documentation to more than 16 different banks and credit unions to obtain car loans. At times they used the proceeds from one loan to pay off others, in order to keep the scheme running, officials said.
Three men were charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud: William Brian Toadvine, 34, and Donald Toadvine, 58, both of Mount Pleasant; and Floyd Hargrove, 41, of Bluffton. Three people were sentenced for providing false statements on a loan application: Joyce Pozniko, 58, of Hanahan; Elizabeth Donnelly, 47, of Beaufort; and Daniel Kosmer Jr. of Greenville.
William and Donald Toadvine each received two years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Hargrove was sentenced to one year in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.
Kosmer, Pozniko and Donnelly were each sentenced to three years of probation or supervised release. A seventh defendant, Colin Slaven, 38, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and awaits sentencing.